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Lady Scots Can't Hold Lead, Draw with F&M

Molly Kate McClearn (photo credit: Nina Grauley/Sports Information)
Molly Kate McClearn (photo credit: Nina Grauley/Sports Information)

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Addy Cronan and Molly Kate McClearn scored goals in the second half, but the Covenant women's soccer team saw host Franklin & Marshall score two goals in the final five minutes of regulation for a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon in Lancaster.

Covenant goes to 0-1-1 on the year, while Franklin & Marshall is also 0-1-1. It was the second all-time meeting between the programs and the second time the teams have tied.

Covenant looked poised to collect its first victory of the year as the Lady Scots scored twice in the second half to grab a 2-0 lead. Cronan scored an unassisted goal in the 51st minute, her first of the year, giving Covenant a 1-0 lead. In the 78th minute, McClearn found the back of the net, her first score of the season, after a cross from Kailey Burrell to make it 2-0.

However, in the final minutes the host Diplomats rallied to tie the score. Ali Cunniffe scored in the 88th minute to slice the Covenant lead to 2-1. In the 89th minute, Nicolette Runko scored off a rebounded save by Covenant's Rachel Lemay off a Cunniffe free kick to even the score at 2-2.

In the first overtime, Covenant had two shot attempts including Burrell's on-target attempt in the 97th minute that was saved by Franklin & Marshall's Gabby Panayotakis. In the final extra session, the Diplomats had three corner kicks and a shot on goal, but Lemay and the Covenant defense stood tall to preserve the tie. Covenant's Lizzy Hightower got off an attempt late, but had it saved.

Covenant outshot Franklin & Marshall 22-19 on the day and 15-13 in shots on goal. Lemay made nine saves in the draw, while Panayotakis collected 11.

Cronan took four shots for Covenant, two of which were on target, with Burrell, Hightower, and McClearn taking three each. 

UP NEXT

Covenant will have nearly a week off before traveling to take on region foe Birmingham Southern on Friday, Sept. 7. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. EDT.

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